Hanrahan: Arenas To Debut Tonight

Hanrahan: Arenas To Debut Tonight
November 5, 2010, 5:18 pm
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Friday November 5, 2010 1:14 p.m.
By Frank Hanrahan


Barring any last minute setbacks, Gilbert Arenas will make his regular season debut for the Wizards when they visit the New York Knicks tonight. Arenas took part in shoot around this morning at Madison Square Garden and his right ankle appears good enough for him to play. Arenas has missed the first three games of the season because of the injury and he won't start against New York as coach Flip Saunders has said he would go with the starting five he has used so far if Arenas can play.

Despite Arenas' off court issues, Saunders seems to be happy to have 9 back. "He's an all pro player that has the ability to score and he has been in big situations. He doesn't get flustered no matter what the stage. He usually plays better the bigger the stage and so because of those situations he is going to help our younger guys and he is a guy that you can rely on," Saunders said.

Arenas has not played in a Wizards regular season game since last January before he was suspended the final 50 games of the season for bringing guns into the Verizon Center locker room.
Notes: Wizards rookie guard John Wall tweeted that, "For my first official NBA game in the Garden today I'm going to be wearing my Zig Slash-Gold Rush shoe."